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Are You in the Dark About Your Teeth Whitening Options?

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If you’re suffering with a stained smile because you’re unsure how to whiten teeth, it’s time to discover the ways to whiten and find the right one for you. Your main decision involves the choice of professional teeth whitening or one of many at-home options. Each has different features and factors that play a role in results.

At-Home Treatments vs. Professional Teeth Whitening

There is a big difference between having professional teeth whitening done at your dentist’s office versus doing at-home treatment. Professional teeth whitening treatments cost more because they provide more whitening power and protection. Over-the-counter methods are less expensive options because they offer you lesser degrees of strength, speed, and safety.

Bleaching Strength – The final whiteness of teeth will be determined by the strength of the substance being used to bleach them. Professional teeth whitening uses advanced whitening products with hydrogen peroxide levels from 15% to 43%. Compare this to at-home whitening options, which don’t contain the strength of hydrogen peroxide, but instead include a lower-strength bleaching agent that is only equivalent to around 3% hydrogen peroxide.

Safety and Protection – If you want to know how to whiten teeth in the safest possible way, then professional teeth whitening is the way you want to whiten. Dentists take many safety measures to protect your dental and personal health. Along with first performing oral exams to see if bleaching is safe for you, dentists customize treatment trays to ensure proper fit, as well as continually check for irritation and constantly monitor whitening progress. With at-home products, you’re at your own risk.

Custom Trays – In professional teeth whitening, trays are customized to your teeth to increase the contact of the bleaching agent for maximum effectiveness and reduce the risk of harming the gums. The mouthpiece tray is important in the whitening process because a better fit means better function, so they are constantly checked for fit and comfort. At-home teeth whitening products take a one-size-fits-all approach; a poorly fitting tray can lower the overall bleaching coverage and raise the risk of irritation.

Lasting Effects –Teeth whitening doesn’t last forever, unfortunately. The bright, beautiful smile you have right after the whitening is complete can begin to fade in just weeks from exposure to dark foods and beverages. By avoiding these staining substances, you can wait for over a year until it’s time for another treatment.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in South Bend, call The Dental Center of South Bend today at (574) 367-7000 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of South Bend, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of South Bend.

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